Saturday, February 7, 2009

Dealing with PTSD

Many of us have to deal with the after effects of what we have been through on a daily and even an hourly basis, and I wish I could tell ya'll that there is one thing that could make all of the symptoms of PTSD either more manageable or go away completely.  However, that is not the case, as PTSD is a complicated response to having to live through trauma.

There are several things that work differently for different people.  Writing is definitely one of those things! Not only are you getting it all out of your head for awhile, the motion of writing is soothing to many and is a form of therapy of its own.  So even if you don't feel like writing real words and/or complete sentences when you first start this process...then write nonsense!  Just write, that is the important thing.

Learning about PTSD and what it is and what it isn't is also a good first step.  Yes, yes, I are living it....therefore you know what it is.  But, learning about it will help you to understand what is happening to you.

Learning different relaxation techniques is very important!  I can't stress that enough.  You will need to learn different techniques because the problem with PTSD is that one thing will not work every time you have a panic attack, anxiety attack or anger attack.  You will need many many tools in your relaxation tool box to help you through each individual attack.  Also, normal everyday stress that people without PTSD can deal with and move on....well we can't.  A normal stress of just deciding what to make for dinner can send us into an attack of one kind or another.  Learning how to quickly calm yourself down with a relaxation technique will help you get through each day much smoother.  I personally add meditation and EFT into this category, but some don't see that they fit under relaxation.

Regular exercise and healthy eating habits are also important.  PTSD is not just an emotional or mental thing.  There is actually a chemical imbalance that goes on with it.  Regular exercise and eating healthy helps to ensure that your chemical and hormonal levels are as close to what they should be as possible.  Don't try to over do on the exercising, as I know that many of us can not go out on a run or lift weights in a gym or anything even close to these things.  That is not what I mean by regular exercise (unless of course you are physically able to do those things).  Even daily stretching is better than nothing.  One thing that I can do and have found helps me is Yoga.  There are several websites that offer free yoga tips and gives you a pic of what the poses should look like.  If you are interested in that and can't find what you need let me know and I can send out some links.

If you are not using medications to support you through learning to cope with PTSD then there are several herbal combinations that do help.  I used these for almost two years while waiting until I could receive medical benefits so that I could get the medications that I needed.  I am currently taking two meds for help in dealing with the PTSD and I am still using the herbal stuff.  I disagree with medications (personal choice and I am not trying to influence anyone with that) so my doctor and I found two that are not habit forming and that do not have lasting side effects.  There is no shame in getting the help that you need, to support you through learning to live with PTSD, as this is something that will not go will always have it; it is how you deal with it that counts!

For some, talk therapy works and for others it does not.  So if you are thinking about that do some research and see what all it entails.

This is just the tip of the iceberg!  If you has any specific questions about what I have said or you need help researching things that may help you, please don't hesitate to ask me!

Go Empower Yourself!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Safe & Secure Domestic Violence Social Network

A new social network just for domestic violence victims, survivors and advocates! This network is just getting started but offers the same features as other social networks, with the the only difference being that ALL members of the network are screened, making this a safe environment for victims, survivors and advocates alike to gain information and resources, share with each other, and support each other through peer-based support groups and forums.


Visit United Angels Against Domestic Violence

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week - Feb 2 - 6, 2009

February 2 - 6 is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and
Prevention Week for 2009. In 2006, Congress passed legislation that
the first week in February would be designated to focus on this
important issue facing our teens. Less than one week after its first
observance, Jennifer Ann Crecente - a high school honors student, was
murdered by her ex-boyfriend. Jennifer Ann’s group is dedicated to her memory.


For ideas on what you can do to promote awareness please visit their

Thank you for your interest and support of efforts to STOP Teen
Dating Violence!

"Jennifer Ann's Group" - Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week - Feb 2 - 6, 2009